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Late Flightline Friday – CAG bird November 18, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Flightline Friday, fun, non squitur, silliness, SOD.

I never got a chance to post Flightline Friday before the weekend. So depending on how you look on this, it being Tuesday, it’s either early or late.

Not much today, I just found a few photos I liked over the weekend.  Most feature a remarkable paint job applied to the “CAG bird” of VFA-81 Sunliners.  The CAG bird is the aircraft in a given squadron nominally reserved to the Commander of the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) to which the squadron is assigned.  Such aircraft get much more elaborate paint jobs.  Some of them are quite spectacular.

You might wonder how “Commander Air Wing” resulted in the acronym “CAG” – that’s because they used to be called Carrier Air Groups and the CAG was the commander of the air group, not air wing. Even after the change, decades ago, everyone continued to call him CAG.

I like the POW/MIA on the inboard sign of the starboard vertical fin.  I also threw in a totally unrelated pic of a Gator in some unique climactic conditions:

From last week

From last week


That’s a great shark mouth.  The Hornet is a natural for it.

So I guess the Sunliners converted from the F-18C Hornet to the E model recently?  Because the video below from last year has them flying C model Hornets and not the Super Hornet I are dumb. The video was of two squadrons, VFA-94 Mighty Shrikes and VFA-81, the Shrike birds were C models but the Sunliners were E’s:


The pic below shows LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima with fog right about flight deck level.  I’m sorry that is just too awesome:



1. Tamsin - November 18, 2014

I can smell jet fuel just watching that video…

Tantumblogo - November 18, 2014

Funny, that was exactly the line used at the blog where I found that video!

Tamsin - November 19, 2014

I grew up in air base housing, more or less.

2. steve - November 18, 2014

I know that you don’t post to your blog on weekends.

But you and your blog have received considerable and deserved attention of late throughout the blogosphere. For that matter, you have been a well-known and important person for years throughout the blogosphere.

You receive considerable blogosphere attention throughout the course of each week.

As people also visit your blog each weekend, in addition to your weekly Flightline Friday posts, have you consider the addition of an “Open Forum” thread each Friday?

That would enable your regular readers to continue meet here on weekends to continue discussions and/or initiate new discussions related to the Church matters.

I am sure that people new to your blog visit here on weekends via links from various blogs.

An “Open Forum” would grant them opportunities to engage in active weekend discussions and keep your blog alive, so to speak, until you begin anew here on Mondays.

Thank you.


Tantumblogo - November 18, 2014

I like that Idea a lot, Steve. I should have done that years ago. God willing I will remember to do so on Friday!

3. steve - November 18, 2014

Great. Thank you.

I have thought about the following of late…but hesitated to ask the following:

Your blog is your “baby”. Your blog is special to you (as well as your readers…it’s special to me).

You anointed your “baby” with a name: A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics.

Your blog has received national and international attention. The scope of your important blog extends far beyond Dallas.

Given those facts, have you thought about a new title for your blog?

Many blogs link to your blog. Given the name of your blog, perhaps some folks haven’t clicked the links to your blog as they believed that you’re concerned primarily with Dallas-related Church issues.

For example, you provide a link to “Connecticut Catholic Corner”.

I had avoided that link until just the other day as I believed that said blog was provincial in scope.

My mistake.

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